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By Tim Leeds 

Great American Outdoors Act heads to president


Last updated 7/23/2020 at 11:30am

A bill touted as the biggest conservation aid in decades passed the U.S. House Wednesday and now is headed to President Donald Trump for his signature.

The Great American Outdoors Act permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund and provides $9.5 million for deferred maintenance on public lands including national parks.

The bill provides permanently allocates the full $900 million for LWCF, provided through earnings from offshore oil and gas leasing without using any taxpayer dollars. LWCF was passed in 1964, but had only been fully funded twice in its history.

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